Y Pwyllgor Cymunedau, Cydraddoldeb a Llywodraeth Leol

Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee








Bae Caerdydd / Cardiff Bay

 Caerdydd / Cardiff

CF99 1NA



11 July 2014

Dear Sir/Madam


Consultation on the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill


The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.


Further details about the Bill and the accompanying Explanatory Memorandum can be found on the Assembly’s website: http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=10028


The terms of reference for the inquiry are:


To consider—


1.   the general principles of the Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to domestic abuse, gender-based violence and sexual violence, including:

·         the publication of national and local strategies and

·         the appointment of a Ministerial Adviser on Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.  

2.   any potential barriers to the implementation of these provisions and whether the Bill takes account of them,

3.   whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill,

4.   the financial implications of the Bill (as set out in Part 2 of the Explanatory Memorandum,

5.   the appropriateness of the powers in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation (as set out in Chapter 5 of Part 1 of the Explanatory Memorandum).

Invitation to contribute to the inquiry


The Committee welcomes evidence from those with an interest in this subject. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please provide a brief description of the role of your organisation.


The Committee welcomes contributions in English or Welsh and we ask organisations with Welsh Language policies/schemes to provide bilingual submissions, in line with their public information policies. The Committee will consider responses to the inquiry and hold oral evidence sessions during the autumn term.


If you wish to submit evidence, please send an electronic copy of your submission to: CELG.Committee@wales.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can write to:


Committee Clerk

Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay, CF99 1NA.


Submissions should arrive by 5 September 2014.  It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.


For your information, the Committee has invited submissions from those on the attached distribution list. The Committee would be grateful if you could forward a copy of the letter to any individuals or organisations that are not included on this list, but might like to contribute to the inquiry. A copy of this letter has been placed on the Assembly’s website with an open invitation to submit views.


Disclosure of Information


You can find details about how we will use your information at http://www.assemblywales.org/help/privacy/help-inquiry-privacy.htm. Please ensure that you have considered these details carefully before submitting information to the Committee.

Yours faithfully,


Christine Chapman AC / AM

Cadeirydd / Chair


Distribution List


Charities/Domestic Abuse Services organisations


Blaenau Gwent Domestic Abuse Services (BGDAS)

Cardiff Women's Safety Unit

New Pathways

The Dyn Project

Safer Merthyr (DART)

Welsh Women's Aid

National Offenders Management Service Cymru


Victim Support service


Hafan Cymru

Wales Probation Trust

Cardiff SARC

North Wales SARC

Victim Support

The Survivors Trust

Wales Council for Voluntary Action 


Ethnic Youth Support Team

Minority Ethnic Women's Network Wales MEWN

Age Concern

White Ribbon Campaign


RCT peoples first

'Sdim Curo Plant!/ Children are Unbeatable! Cymru

Both Parents Matter

Support after rape and sexual violence Leeds

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre


Swansea Women's Aid

Healing Men

Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

East Kent Rape Line

Supporting People's teams of North Wales

Rape Crisis Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks

Carmarthen Women's Aid

Port Talbot and Afan Women's Aid

Mothers' Union

Zero Tolerance

Vale 50+ strategy forum

Play Wales

Newport Women's Aid

National Federation of Women’s Institutes-Wales

Domestic Abuse Safety Unit, Shotton

South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre

Survivors Trust and members in Wales

Calan DVS

Hafan Cymru

Soroptimist International Tenby and District

Rape Crisis England and Wales

Sex Education Forum, England

Temper Domestic Violence

Children in Wales

Women’s Equality Network Wales

Eaves for Women

Wales Probation


Emerging from Violence and Abuse Women's Aid

Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre

Violence Against Women Action Group

End Violence Against Women Coalition

Brecknock Women's Aid

Unite Wales

Community Housing Cymru

Suzy Lamplugh Trust National Stalking Helpline

Barnardos Wales

Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru

Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)

Welsh Refugee Council

Ceredigion Domestic Abuse Forum

Wales Assembly of Women

Safer Wales

Cymorth Cymru

Wales Migration Partnership

Torfaen Social Care


Caerphilly Youth Forum

Royal College of Nursing

Age Cymru

General Medical Council

North Wales Safer Communities Board

Relate Cymru

Coventry University

DASU (Domestic Abuse Safety Unit - Deeside)

North Wales Women’s Centre


Other Organisations

All 22 Local Authorities (Chief Executives/ Domestic Abuse Co-ordinators / Community Safety Partnership Contacts / Community Safety Officer/Managers)

All Local Health Boards

Welsh Local Government Association

Association of Chief Police Officers in Wales

Home Office Wales

British Transport Police

Legal Services Commission

Crown Prosecution Service

Cardiff University School of Nursing and Midwifery

Royal College of General Practitioners Wales

Independent Police Complaints Commissioner

NUS Wales

Older Person's Commissioner in Wales

Children's Commissioner for Wales

Fire Services Wales

Institute of Welsh Affairs

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Police and Crime Commissioners

Evangelical Alliance Wales

Church in Wales


Equality organisations

Anti-poverty Network Cymru          

Bevan Foundation                  

Cymdeithas yr laith Gymraeg          

Cymru Yfory                           

Disability Wales            

Diverse Cymru             

Equality & Human Rights Commission in Wales

Learning Disability Wales      

Mencap Cymru

MEWN Cymru                

SCOPE Cymru               

Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People

Welsh Language Commissioner      

Women Making a Difference           

Women's Equality Network